COVID-19 and the halt of the judicial system is raising questions among survivors of childhood sex abuse especially those who were abused by clergy.
Michael Guidry, a priest convicted of molesting a teenage boy is out on bail. He was only serving the first year of his 10 year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile.
Guidry’s defense counsel, Jane Hogan, requested an emergency appeal hearing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is being used as an excuse to release prisoners during this pandemic.
Survivors of clergy sex abuse want accountability.
“This perp is a dangerous perpetrator and what does that say to the individual he sexually abused? I don’t care how long ago it was,” said Kevin Bourgeois, a survivor of clergy sex abuse and a volunteer leader of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests in New Orleans. He went on to say, “I don’t have any compassion towards child sex abusers. I’m sorry. I’m supposed to be better at that, but I’m not and there is a reason for that. They put children through hell and then live a lifetime of living in secret. If there is a priest behind bars, he should stay behind bars.”